William Ackman is the CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., an SEC registered investment adviser founded in 2003. Pershing Square is a concentrated research-intensive fundamental value investor in long and occasionally short investments in the public markets.
Prior to forming Pershing Square, Mr. Ackman co-founded Gotham Partners Management Co., LLC, an investment adviser that managed public and private equity hedge fund portfolios. Prior to Gotham Partners, Mr. Ackman began his career in real estate investment banking at Ackman Brothers and Singer, Inc. Mr. Ackman received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Mr. Ackman is the Chairman of the board of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC). He is a Trustee of the Pershing Square Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees at The Rockefeller University and the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard Business School.
Adam Flatto is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Company, a privately-held real estate investment and development company based in New York City. He has been with The Georgetown Company since 1990, and since that time has been involved with the development, acquisition and ownership of over 20 million square feet of commercial real estate projects throughout the United States.
Jeffrey Furber is the Chief Executive Officer of AEW Capital Management, L.P. (“AEW”) and Chairman of AEW Europe. AEW provides real estate investment management services to investors worldwide. AEW and its affiliates manage over $60 billion of real estate assets and securities on behalf of many of the world's leading institutional and private investors.
Allen Model is the Co-Founder of Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd. (“OSC”), and has been Treasurer and Managing Director since 1992. OSC is an international consulting firm that provides public information services to a number of clients worldwide, including the United States Agency for International Development, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and host governments.
Scot Sellers served as Chief Executive Officer of Archstone, one of the world's largest apartment companies, from January 1997 until his retirement in February 2013. Prior to that, he was Archstone's Chief Investment Officer from 1995 to 1997. Under his leadership, Archstone moved from being a mid-sized owner of apartments in secondary and tertiary cities to becoming the largest publicly traded owner of urban high-rise apartments in the nation's premier cities. During his 36-year career in the apartment business, Mr. Sellers has been responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of over $40 billion of apartment communities in over 50 different cities across the United States. Mr. Sellers served as the Chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts from November 2005 to November 2006.
Steven Shepsman is an Executive Managing Director and Founder of New World Realty Advisors, a real estate investment and advisory firm specializing in real estate restructurings, development and finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shepsman, a CPA, was a Managing Partner of Kenneth Leventhal and Company, and of Ernst and Young's Real Estate Practice. Mr. Shepsman is a Trustee of the University at Buffalo Foundation, and a member and former chair of the Dean's Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo School of Management.
Burton M. Tansky is a luxury retail veteran who served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. from 2010 to 2013. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Group from 2004 to 2010, Chief Executive Officer of Neiman Marcus Stores from 1994 to 2007 and Chief Executive Officer of Bergdorf Goodman from 1990 to 1994. Prior to that, he was the President of Saks Fifth Avenue from 1980 to 1990. Mr. Tansky’s philanthropic interests are both local and national.
Mary Ann Tighe has been credited with transforming New York's skyline during her more than 32 years in the real estate industry. She has been responsible for over 98 million square feet of commercial transactions, and her deals have anchored more than 14.4 million square feet of new construction in the New York region. Ms. Tighe has been CEO of CBRE's New York Tri-State region since 2002, a region of approximately 2,500 employees. In January 2010, Ms. Tighe was named Chairman of the Real Estate Board of New York, the first woman to hold this position in REBNY's 114-year history and the first broker in 30 years.
Beth Kaplan is a Managing Member at Axcel Partners, where she advises and invests in emerging, high-growth consumer businesses. Most recently, Kaplan served as President and COO of Rent the Runway, where she still serves on the Board. Kaplan’s past experiences include President and Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer at General Nutrition Corporation; EVP and General Manager of Bath and Body Works; Senior Executive VP of Marketing, Merchandising and Distribution of Rite Aid; and President of Procter and Gamble’s U.S. Cosmetics Division. Kaplan is currently on the Board of Directors of Meredith Corporation, a leading publicly traded media and marketing services company. Kaplan earned both Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Business Administration degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and currently sits on its Board of Overseers.
David R. Weinreb is the Chief Executive Officer and a Member of the Board of Directors of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Known for his passion, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Weinreb has directed the company's efforts since its emergence in 2010, building a portfolio of some of the most sought-after real estate in the country. His vision, leadership and acumen led him to be honored as the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in Real Estate for the region. In 2012, he was named as one of the Top 200 CEOs in the U.S. by ExecRank, and in 2015, he was listed in the 2015 Commercial Observer Power 100 as one of 100 most powerful people in New York City real estate.
A real estate industry veteran for over 30 years, Mr. Weinreb spent 17 years as Chairman and CEO of TPMC Realty Corporation, a company he built into a multi-faceted investment firm prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation. Located in Dallas, TX, TPMC, whose tenant roster included many Fortune 500 companies, specialized in the acquisition and repositioning of underperforming real estate and real estate related assets across the United States. In addition to development, ownership and management of real estate, the firm's activities included mezzanine financing and private equity investing.
Mr. Weinreb attended New York University and began his real estate career in the 1980s in New York City. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California. His philanthropic interests are both local and national.
Grant Herlitz is the President of The Howard Hughes Corporation overseeing the daily operations and working closely with the CEO in developing the strategy for the company. Known for his dynamic leadership style and ability to develop and inspire talent, Mr. Herlitz has direct oversight over a committed and passionate team of professionals that lead the company’s acquisition, development, leasing and operating platforms. Mr. Herlitz, together with Mr. Weinreb, was responsible for the emergence of The Howard Hughes Corporation as a newly-formed public company.
Previously, Mr. Herlitz was President and Chief Financial Officer of TPMC Realty Corporation. Mr. Herlitz joined TPMC in 2000 as Vice President of Investments using his varied financial and management experience and business acumen to position himself for multiple roles within the company. Mr. Herlitz handled the acquisition and disposition of assets within TPMC’s portfolio.
Mr. Herlitz began his career in finance working for the European Community Observer Mission to South Africa, an organization set up in conjunction with the United Nations to observe political change in South Africa. After moving to the United States in 1994, Mr. Herlitz worked as a tax accountant in both public and corporate accounting before joining Dallas-based FirstPlus Financial Group, Inc. in 1997. As Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of the company, Mr. Herlitz managed the day-to-day investments of a family limited partnership. While with FirstPlus, he researched and implemented all new ventures and analyzed and managed equity positions in Real Estate Funds, Hedge Funds and Equity Portfolios. He was also responsible for due diligence review of all new investments.
Mr. Herlitz earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (the U.S. Equivalent of Bachelor of Business Administration) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, he is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Office Development Council, as well as being an active member of the Dallas chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.
David O’Reilly joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in October 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for managing the company’s investment and financial strategy, working with the executive team to unlock meaningful long-term value across the company's portfolio.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Parkway Properties, Inc. - a New York Stock Exchange-traded real estate investment trust focused on office properties. He served in the position from November 2011 through October 2014 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. He also served as the company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 2012 through August 2012. Previously, Mr. O’Reilly served as Executive Vice President of Banyan Street Capital and as Director of Capital Markets for Eola Capital LLC. He served in the investment banking industry as Senior Vice President of Barclays Capital Inc. and in a similar capacity for Lehman Brothers. During his career, Mr. O’Reilly has been involved in a broad range of financial advisory and merger and acquisition activities, including leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and single asset and pooled CMBS transactions.
Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received his M.B.A. from the Columbia University.
Peter F. Riley is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of The Howard Hughes Corporation reporting to David R. Weinreb. Mr. Riley is responsible for overseeing all legal matters for the company.
Mr. Riley has over 30 years of experience, working in both the public and private sector. Mr. Riley was previously a partner at K&L Gates LLP with a significant focus on tax aspects of fund formation, joint ventures and the acquisition, disposition, operation and financing of real estate assets. He also led the tax department at Kelly, Hart and Hallman and was Senior Tax Counsel at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Riley worked for Amerada Hess Corporation (NYSE: AHC) where he became Chief Financial Officer of its Abu Dhabi subsidiary.
Mr. Riley received his L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Saul Scherl is President of the New York Tri-State Region at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in December 2015 as Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the Seaport District that is currently undergoing redevelopment.
Mr. Scherl has more than twenty years of retail, residential, hospitality and mixed-use real estate experience. Additionally, he is both a licensed attorney and CPA. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he was a Principal at Blackpoint Partners where he managed the company’s real estate assets as well as mergers and acquisitions. Previously, he served in a similar capacity at Loeb Partners Realty as the Managing Director and with Nomura Asset Capital, where he was responsible for liquidating the company’s multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolio. Earlier in his career, Mr. Scherl was with Piper Rudnick and Shaw Pittman as well as Arthur Young and Company. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a broad range of acquisitions, dispositions, redevelopments and financings for real estate properties across the U.S.
Mr. Scherl graduated from Emory University with a B.B.A. in Accounting and received his J.D. from George Washington University.
Greg Fitchitt is President of Columbia for The Howard Hughes Corporation, leading the development efforts for the 14-million-square-foot, mixed-use plan to transform Downtown Columbia into the Center of Culture and Commerce for central Maryland.
Mr. Fitchitt has over 20 years of real estate experience including development, planning, entitlements, community and government relations, leasing, and design and construction management. Mr. Fitchitt led the efforts resulting in the Howard County Council’s approval in 2016 of a $90 million TIF for public infrastructure and a comprehensive plan for affordable housing in Downtown Columbia, and most recently secured approval of an additional million square feet of development in Downtown Columbia’s Lakefront district. Before joining HHC in 2013, Mr. Fitchitt completed nine shopping center redevelopments in Washington State and Southern California. Mr. Fitchitt led the development of Westfield UTC in La Jolla, CA, obtaining entitlements for a $1.0 billion LEED-ND Gold mixed-use revitalization and completing the $180 million first phase in 2012. Together the Westfield projects completed under his direction represented over $500 million in investment.
Mr. Fitchitt holds a M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.A. in Philosophy from Pomona College. Mr. Fitchitt chairs the Downtown Columbia Partnership board, and serves on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors, the Howard County Chamber Board of Directors, and the ULI Transit Oriented Development Council for the ULI Baltimore and Washington District Councils. He also previously served for ten years on the boards of non-profit affordable housing developers in California.
Paul H. Layne is President of the Central Region for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for the master planned communities of The Woodlands and Bridgeland in Houston, TX and provides strategic oversight for Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV and Columbia, MD along with other assets within the HHC portfolio.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Layne has been a vital leader in Houston’s commercial real estate community as well as in national and international real estate. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Layne was Executive Vice President at Brookfield Properties Corporation, leading the financial performance of a 9.7 million square-foot portfolio in Houston’s Central Business District. He was responsible for all of the region’s activities including leasing, operations, property management, legal, accounting, development and construction as well as being a member of Brookfield’s global partnership task force.
Prior to Brookfield, Mr. Layne was President of Cullen Center and Executive Vice President at Trizec Properties, which was acquired by Brookfield in 2006. At Trizec, Mr. Layne was responsible for 20 million square feet of space in the Southwest and California markets, leading over 300 employees. He was also involved with the acquisitions of key assets, including the Sears Tower in Chicago, Metropolitan Square in St. Louis, Allen Center Complex in Houston and Bank of America in Los Angeles. Before joining Trizec in 1993, Mr. Layne was Senior Vice President for the Horne Company and Vice President and General Partner for Prime Asset Management, Inc.
Mr. Layne received a B.S. in Management from the University of Houston and attended South Texas College of Law. He currently serves on the boards for the University of Houston Graduate Real Estate Program and Lone Star College Foundation. He also serves on the Building and Grounds Committee for the University of St. Thomas and the Development Committee for Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School. He previously served on the boards for the Houston Downtown Management District, the Central Houston Association, the University of St. Thomas, Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless and Houston’s Center for Hearing and Speech. He also serves as a Trustee for the Scanlan Foundation, a moderator and advisory board member for the Houston Business Ethics Forum and the South Texas College of Law Real Estate Conference and is a member of the Serra Club. He is President Emeritus of the Houston Downtown Management District Board and the Christian Community Service Center Board of Directors.
Kevin T. Orrock is President of Summerlin, a 22,500-acre award-winning Master Planned Community in the Las Vegas Valley and one of the most compelling real estate success stories in the U.S. A visionary whose long-term career with The Howard Hughes Corporation began more than 40 years ago, Mr. Orrock helped shape Summerlin from its inception more than 25 years ago. He brings to the corporation a deep understanding of the community and the development process as well as a keen business and financial acumen that has contributed to Summerlin’s ongoing success as Southern Nevada’s premier community for more than two decades.
Mr. Orrock began his career with the company when he joined the accounting department at the famed Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas in 1974, then owned by Summa Corporation, predecessor to The Howard Hughes Corporation. He held numerous accounting and finance positions before being named Treasurer in 1991. Prior to the settlement of Howard Hughes’ estate, Orrock managed its entire cash portfolio.
In 1996, The Rouse Company of Columbia, MD, acquired The Howard Hughes Corporation, and Mr. Orrock remained in an executive role, overseeing the financial operations for the company in Nevada. In 2004, when General Growth Properties acquired The Rouse Company, he moved to operations, overseeing land development activities for GGP in Nevada.
As President of Summerlin, Mr. Orrock oversees all functions of the community, which led the nation in home sales for more than a decade during the 1990s and early 2000s. Today, Summerlin maintains its position of dominance and influence as the region’s leading real estate development company.
Mr. Orrock earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University and an M.B.A from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Active in the community, Mr. Orrock is past chair of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and serves on the executive board of Las Vegas Economic Global Alliance. He is a member of the advisory board of directors for University of Nevada Las Vegas Foundation and the Lee College of Business. He is also a 2015 inductee of the Nevada Business Hall of Fame.
Simon Treacy is President, Hawai’i for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for leading the development, sales and operations of Ward Village.
Mr. Treacy has 20 years of global real estate experience across Asia, Europe and the US. He has lived in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and China, and spent the past four years in New York as BlackRock Real Estate’s Managing Director, Global Chief Investment Officer and Head of US Equity. Prior to BlackRock, Mr. Treacy was a Founding Shareholder and Global CEO of MGPA, which was acquired by BlackRock in 2013, and had $14 billion of funds under management in Asia and Europe. Mr. Treacy is also a global governing trustee in ULI and a leader in urban planning and land use.
Sarah M. Vasquez is Executive Vice President of Management and Operations for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Ms. Vasquez is responsible for the results of the operating assets within the portfolio. In addition, she works closely with all other departments, including development, in assessing operational needs for the company. Currently she has oversight of field management, tenant coordination, operating property marketing, operations administration and finance. Since joining the company she has also overseen the opening of Downtown Summerlin and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.
Ms. Vasquez has over 25 years of work experience. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Vasquez served in several roles with Westfield Corporation over a 15-year span with her last position as Senior Vice President, Los Angeles Management and National Operations. Additionally, she has played an active role in over twenty development projects, ranging from $50 million to $700 million. Some of these critical projects included iconic centers such as Westfield San Francisco Center, Valley Fair, Topanga and Culver during her time at Westfield Corporation. Ms. Vasquez graduated from Santa Clara University in California with a B.S. in Finance. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has served on the CSM Committee for four terms. She is active with the REAP program in Dallas and has served on many program committees as well as a member of PEO, a women’s philanthropic organization. She is also a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX).
Michael Slosser is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the HHC Hospitality Division. He is responsible for leading the company’s hospitality portfolio which currently includes 1,000 guest rooms across three resort and conference centers.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, he spent the past 16 years with Destination Hotels and Resorts where he oversaw the greater southern California market, including L’Auberge Del Mar, Paradise Point Resort and Spa, Sheraton Universal, Estancia La Jolla Hotel and the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. He was responsible for two of the world’s top resorts, the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, where he served as Vice President of Resorts for the Lanai Company, a subsidiary of Castle and Cooke. These two resorts were recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as the #1 and #3 ranked golf resorts in the world during his tenure. Additionally, his experience includes time at the Westin Hotels, Hilton Hotels and Stouffer Hotels. Other notable properties include the Beverly Hilton Hotel and the famed La Costa Resort and Spa.
Mr. Slosser graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Business Administration and School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration.
Rick Strauss is Executive Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for driving the retail leasing efforts, unlocking value across the entire portfolio.
Mr. Strauss brings a long and successful track record in strategic planning and leasing for new and repositioned properties. A retail leasing executive for more than 30 years, he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Leasing for Westfield Corporation in New York responsible for the Eastern half of the U.S. flagship assets, including the World Trade Center, Fulton Center, Garden State Plaza, Old Orchard, Montgomery Mall, Annapolis Mall as well as for luxury leasing across the company’s U.S. portfolio. Prior to joining Westfield, he spent 20 years with The Taubman Company in various leasing management roles. His last position with Taubman was Group Vice President, Leasing where he managed leasing of the company’s most productive luxury assets, including Short Hills, Crystals, Beverly Center, Cherry Creek and the upscale developments in San Juan and Waikiki. He also served in key leasing roles with TSA Incorporated and Lord Associates, a third-party leasing company which was eventually acquired by The Taubman Company.
Mr. Strauss attended NYU and studied business and real estate. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Andrew Schwartz is Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for identifying and securing new corporate partnerships across the portfolio.
Mr. Schwartz joined The Howard Hughes Corporation after four years as Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships at Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment where he was responsible for overseeing all partnership sales efforts for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and the NHL’s New York Islanders at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Prior to Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, Mr. Schwartz worked for three years at SiriusXM initially serving as Director of Sports Marketing managing strategic marketing partnerships with MLB, the NHL and the PGA TOUR and then as Account Director of Advertising Sales, where he developed customized advertising and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to SiriusXM, Schwartz spent five years at the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in Corporate Sales and Marketing, where he managed a national partner portfolio, including Chevrolet, Pepsi, State Farm and Gatorade. He also directed all national partner activation during All-Star Week and the World Series.
Schwartz previously held positions with New Jersey Devils, National Hockey League and served as the Head Coach for the University of Connecticut Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Mr. Schwartz earned a B.S. in Communications and Marketing from the University of Connecticut.
Michelle Waak is Senior Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for assets in the Eastern and Central regions. An industry veteran, Ms. Waak has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, including outlet, mall, lifestyle, mixed-use and urban properties. Most recently, she was a Senior Leasing Associate at RED Development. She has also held Vice President and Senior Vice President of Leasing positions respectively with Poag and McEwen Lifestyle Centers and Holladay Properties. Ms. Waak worked for five years at the Taubman Company responsible for fashion leasing, where she leased high profile centers such as The Mall at Short Hills, Beverly Center, International Plaza and Cherry Creek.
Ms. Waak earned her B.S. in Business from Indiana University and has her M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame Graduate School of Business. She is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Luxury and Lifestyle Professionals. Ms. Waak was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Developers of Outlet Centers and Retailers (DOC&R), and was also elected to serve as Secretary for a two-year term.
Kellie Forman is Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation and oversees leasing efforts in the Western U.S.
Ms. Forman has nearly 30 years of experience in the shopping center industry. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Forman served as Senior Leasing Representative for Simon Property Group and held senior leasing positions with Westfield Corporation and Urban Retail Properties. Ms. Forman has extensive experience in leasing mall, lifestyle centers, mixed use properties, urban core projects and new developments.
Ms. Forman graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Marketing. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and holds a Real Estate Broker License in Texas and Illinois.
Peter Helfer is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for partnership development efforts across the portfolio.
Mr. Helfer is an established marketing executive with over 12 years of experience in the global sports and entertainment industry. He has a proven history of platform development and execution of multi-media marketing strategies at the league, team and agency level. Before joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Helfer was previously Director, Partnerships and Media for the New York Jets where he developed integrated partnerships and strategic relationships between consumer brands and the organization.
Prior to the New York Jets, he was the Vice President, Partnership and Business Development at Wasserman Media Group where he focused on sales strategy and execution within the golf industry and for global properties such as MetLife Stadium, Wembley Stadium, America’s Cup and USA Cycling. Helfer also spent five years at the National Hockey League managing, growing and renewing top tier accounts such as Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo (Pepsi, Gatorade, FritoLay), MasterCard, Bank of America and Cisco.
Mr. Helfer has a B.A. with a dual major in Psychology-based Human Relations and Anthropology from Connecticut College.
Ben Martin is Vice President of Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation based in in Dallas, Texas. In his role, he is responsible for multiple properties within The Howard Hughes Corporation’s portfolio including Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas, NV and Downtown Columbia in Columbia, MD. Mr. Martin has over 12 years of leasing, pre-development leasing and merchandising experience that encompasses a variety of premier shopping centers located in the most prestigious markets in the United States.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Martin was Vice President of Leasing at Westfield Corporation for seven years where he oversaw all aspects of permanent and in-line leasing, and managed national tenant accounts for the company’s U.S. wide portfolio. He also gained expertise at The Cafaro Company for four years with significant experience in strip center, mall and outparcel leasing. Mr. Martin holds a Master of Business Administration degree from John Carroll University with a dual emphasis in Finance and Management, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Walsh University.
Melisa Preus is Vice President, Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation and oversees the leasing efforts for the Ward Village assets in Honolulu, 60 acres and more than one million square feet consisting of retail, office and industrial properties. Ms. Preus has over twenty years of experience in commercial real estate and was previously a Group Vice President of Business Development and Leasing Representative for General Growth Properties where she worked on their Hawaii assets to include Ala Moana Center, Ward Village, Whaler’s Village and Prince Kuhio Plaza. Ms. Preus also has 7 years of retail management experience with various national retailers where she oversaw 10 departments and over 75 employees.
Ms. Preus earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is also a member of the ICSC- Hawaii committee, has a CCIM designation and is a CCIM Hawaii board member.
Rip Reynolds is Vice President, Leasing and Commercial Land for The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for commercial leasing and land at The Woodlands and Bridgeland master planned communities.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Reynolds was Vice President with CBRE where he specialized in retail tenant and landlord representation as well as land and building disposition services for local and national clients including the representation of The Woodlands Development Company. He also worked for Staubach/SRS Real Estate Partners and the former Trammel Crow Company, now CBRE. In 2011, he was ranked as a CoStar Top Retail Power Broker.
Mr. Reynolds holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Sports Administration from the University of Houston and is a resident of The Woodlands. He serves as a board member for various community organizations including the Commercial Real Estate Association Montgomery County, Bridgeland Commercial Association, Creekside Village Center Owners Association, Stewart Title of Montgomery County and Montgomery County Youth Services. He also serves on the Memorial Hermann Advisory Council and is a member of International Council of Shopping Centers and Urban Land Institute.
Joyce Roberts is Vice President, Specialty Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Ms. Roberts is responsible for leading the specialty leasing efforts company-wide.
Ms. Roberts has over 20 years of experience in Specialty Leasing and has been directly responsible for the specialty leasing programs for over 20 redevelopment projects. Most recently, Ms. Roberts served as the Vice President of Specialty Leasing for General Growth Properties overseeing 44 properties in six western states. Previously, Ms. Roberts was the West Coast Vice President of Specialty Leasing for Westfield Corporation. Employed by Westfield for 16 years, she was responsible for 33 centers in their portfolio in California and Washington.
Ms. Roberts attended the University of Kentucky and Otis Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Andrew Shahadi is Vice President, Global Strategic Partnerships for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for delivering partnership strategy and solutions across the portfolio.
Shahadi joined The Howard Hughes Corporation with 15 years of experience, both on the agency and brand sides of the traditional sponsorship business, working with high profile global brands and properties across sports, entertainment and lifestyle verticals. Before his arrival, Mr. Shahadi was Vice President at Engine Shop Agency where he was responsible for overseeing all Mercedes-Benz sports and endemic related sponsorships and programming. Prior to Engine Shop, he was Vice President and Partner at GroupM ESP where he led the Citibank sponsorship business. Prior to GroupM ESP, Mr. Shahadi worked with MasterCard for over nine years both in house as Vice President of Global Merchant Marketing and Director of U.S. Sponsorships, and with their agency partner Genesco Sports Enterprises. At MasterCard, he was responsible for building strategic partnerships which drove growth for the brand and business and played an integral role developing MasterCard's NFL and Culinary platforms in support of key company initiatives. Previously, he was at Foote Cone and Belding and Momentum, managing brands including Fuji Film, Allegra and American Express.
Mr. Shahadi earned a B.A. in Communications from Caldwell College.
Randy Davis is Chief Financial Officer for The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. As CFO, he oversees the accounting, treasury, information technology, compliance, ad valorem taxes, office administration and central record functions.
Prior to joining The Woodlands, Mr. Davis was employed as Vice President and Regional Financial Manager in Houston for 10 years by two national real estate property management and leasing firms, Heitman Properties Limited and JMB Properties Company, as well as Houston Center Corporation, a subsidiary of Texas Eastern Corporation. During that tenure, he was responsible for accounting, financial reporting and budgeting activities for over 30 office, retail and industrial properties located throughout the Central United States.
Before joining the real estate industry, Mr. Davis was employed for 14 years in the oil and gas industry in various management positions with Texas Eastern Corporation, Parker Drilling Company and National Methanol Company, a joint venture with Texas Eastern Corporation, Celanese Chemical Company and SABIC based in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Davis holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Broker.
Professional memberships include the AICPA, TSCPA and the Texas Real Estate Commission. Mr. Davis served several years as a Director on the Board of Directors of The Woodlands Association.
Steven Cornwell is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of The Howard Hughes Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives and working closely with the CEO in leading the creative strategy to bring HHC’s vision to life.
Leveraging his two decades of global experience in brand and marketing strategy, product development and activation, Mr. Cornwell drives innovative thinking in how HHC’s brands engage with the tens of millions of consumers visiting, living or working in a property or community across the portfolio. Focused on exploring the process of expert placemaking, Mr. Cornwell is committed to the infusion of artistic and cultural elements into the nascent stages of planning and development across the company’s portfolio. He initially joined The Howard Hughes Corporation as Creative Director and was instrumental in building the Howard Hughes Studio, the company’s internal creative agency.
Previously, Mr. Cornwell served as CEO and Head of Strategy of the award-winning Cornwell Brand and Communications agency, owned by WPP, in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Monash University.
Reuben S. Davidsohn is Chief Administrative Officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Davidsohn is responsible for managing the Treasury and Banking functions as well as overseeing the Human Resources operation.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Davidsohn was Vice President of TPMC Realty Corporation, where he utilized his strong background in finance and accounting to oversee all financial aspects of the company’s commercial portfolio. He was part of The Howard Hughes Corporation emergence team and has been involved in every aspect of the company’s operation and evolution.
Mr. Davidsohn received his M.B.A. from the Neely School of Business at Texas Christian University and has a B.S. in Business and Healthcare Management from the University of Alabama.
As Chief of Staff at The Howard Hughes Corporation, Moshe Itzhakov works closely with the Chief Executive Officer in driving the CEO office's strategic initiatives, including the creation of new business opportunities that expand beyond traditional real estate. Additionally, Moshe is responsible for leading the Corporate Communications and Public Relations team across the company’s portfolio, which spans from New York to Hawaii. Moshe is also playing a critical leadership role in the redevelopment of the iconic Seaport District in Lower Manhattan.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Moshe was a Management Consultant at Accenture in the Strategy group. At Accenture, he worked closely with clients on a number of projects across different industries ranging from healthcare to technology, including mergers and acquisitions strategy, market entry strategy, growth strategy, operating model design and sourcing strategy. Moshe graduated Summa Cum Laude from the honors program at The University of Texas in Austin with a B.B.A. and a B.A. in International Business in Economics. Moshe is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, French, and Hebrew.
Christopher J. Curry is Senior Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, having joined the company during its inception. Previously, Mr. Curry established TPMC’s California office as its President and led TPMC’s real estate development business.
Mr. Curry has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He served as Vice President of Development for Forest City Commercial Development. While with Forest City, Mr. Curry supported over 10 million square feet of proposed mixed use development projects in California and Texas. Previously, Mr. Curry was Vice President of Development for Westfield Corporation, where he was responsible for redeveloping regional malls in the Western U.S.
Mr. Curry received his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a licensed real estate broker in California, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a member of the Urban Land Institute and is currently serving on the ULI Council for Commercial and Retail Development. Mr. Curry also serves on the Executive Committee for the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.
Dara Engle is Executive Vice President, Culture and People for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Ms. Engle has directed the company’s Culture and People department since its emergence, with a goal of building a world-class platform that celebrates employees and their families. Recognized for an inspirational leadership style and as a brand ambassador of the company’s culture, she has been crucial in making The Howard Hughes Corporation among the most sought-after places of employment from Wall Street to Waikiki.
With over 20 years in Human Resources, Ms. Engle grew her career in the retail industry, holding progressive level positions with retail giants such as Blockbuster Entertainment and Best Buy, with regional responsibility for full-scale Human Resources operations spanning the entire employee lifecycle. During her time at Best Buy, Ms. Engle played a large role in scaling their geographical presence from 700 stores to over 900, leading efforts in talent acquisition and training to support the growth. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Engle also spent four years as a Human Resources consultant to small and mid-sized organizations, providing direction and advisement on industry practices including technology programs, employee relations, recruitment efforts, payroll administration and government compliance efforts.
Ms. Engle earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Florida State University. She is a founding member of the Dallas Board of the Step Up non-profit organization, whose mission is to propel girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential through mentorship experiences.
Aaron Haas is Executive Vice President, Design and Construction for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for establishing corporate construction standards. Mr. Haas provides leadership to the various project teams ensuring design and construction goals are achieved establishing and maintaining accurate budgets and tracking projects on schedule, all in an effort to design and build extraordinary environments.
Mr. Haas has over 30 years of professional experience in the construction and development industries. His skills include master planning, design and construction management of hotels, theme parks and attractions, luxury shopping centers, mixed use projects, colleges, K-12 schools, hi-tech facilities, hospitals, medical office buildings, merchandise facilities, restaurants and custom homes.
His previous work included positions at major corporations such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Caruso Affiliated. At Disney, Mr. Haas worked on various stages of large complex projects, including EuroDisneyland in Paris, France; Disney’s California Adventure; Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and other attractions. At Caruso Affiliated, he worked on award-winning developments, including the Americana At Brand in Glendale, CA, and 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, both mixed use luxury apartment and retail projects.
Mr. Haas is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in Construction Engineering and minor in Real Estate Development.
Venkat Kandru is Executive Vice President, Information Technology of The Howard Hughes Corporation responsible for technology strategy, IT infrastructure and enterprise application platform. Mr. Kandru has 25 years of IT experience from various industries including roles with Brinker International, CVS Caremark and Ernst and Young. His primary focus has been enterprise IT architecture, IT strategy, application development, enterprise integrations, service-oriented architecture and distributed computing.
Mr. Kandru received his M.A with Computer Science from Temple University, Philadelphia and M.A and M.C.A degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India.
Carlos Olea is Executive Vice President of Accounting for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for accounting operations and external financial reporting.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Olea served as Chief Accounting Officer at Carr Properties, a Washington, D.C. based owner-operator and developer, where he obtained significant exposure to ERP implementations and IFRS reporting. Mr. Olea was also a Senior Manager with the Advisory Services practice of Ernst and Young and a Director of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting with AvalonBay Communities in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Olea has a graduate degree in real estate finance from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from ITESM, in Mexico.
David Striph is Executive Vice President, Investor Relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for managing and fostering relationships within the global investment community. An industry veteran, Mr. Striph has financed and managed several billion dollars’ worth of real estate assets during his career, including mixed-use, retail and high-end residential projects.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Striph served as Senior Managing Director at Westmount Realty Capital, a Dallas, TX based real estate investor. Mr. Striph was also Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group, Vice President at Fremont Investment & Loan, and President of Amresco Capital Trust. Mr. Striph began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst and Young.
Mr. Striph graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accounting in 1979.
Valerie Qualls is Senior Vice President, Capital Markets for The Howard Hughes Corporation, having been with the company since 2010. Ms. Qualls and the Capital Markets team are responsible for securing project-level financing and leading other transactional efforts across the company’s preeminent portfolio throughout the country.
Ms. Qualls has 20 years of work experience including analytical and management positions at Dallas-based real estate pension fund advisory firms. Throughout her career, she has had comprehensive exposure to all major product types and was responsible for underwriting, reporting, and transacting on assets across the U.S. Ms. Qualls earned her B.B.A. in Finance from the University of North Texas.
Randy Kostroske is the Senior Vice President, Risk Management of The Howard Hughes Corporation. He has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry and partners with the HHC executive leadership team as an active member of the Board’s Risk Committee to identify and evaluate risks in the overall strategic plan and assets of a publicly traded company. He negotiates all commercial lines of insurance for the company and leads the Risk Management team in proactively developing and implementing solutions to manage and mitigate the risks for a $5 billion market cap company who manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate including master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets across the U.S.
Mr. Kostroske has created successful risk management departments from scratch while building effective, productive working relationships with insurance professionals, and he has a strong reputation for achieving significant cost reductions at all organizations he has worked for.
Prior to joining HHC, Mr. Kostroske served as the Vice President of Risk Management and Compliance for Crescent Real Estate Equities, a publicly traded REIT. During his fifteen years at Crescent, he oversaw all insurance/risk management issues for the Class A office, hotel and residential development portfolios. Upon Morgan Stanley’s acquisition of Crescent in 2007, he became a senior risk management consultant to Morgan Stanley and provided key leadership to advance the “start-up” Risk Management infrastructure within Morgan Stanley’s real estate operations, which insured assets with total values in excess of $80 billion.
During the ten years prior to joining Crescent, Mr. Kostroske served as Director of Risk Management at Color Tile, Inc. and as a Risk Manager at Tandy Corporation (now RadioShack Corporation) before starting his career as an Internal Auditor for both Tandy Corporation and Hospital Corporation of America.
Mr. Kostroske has a B.S. in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL and he is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a General Lines Insurance Agent licensed in the State of Texas. He is also a member of Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA).
Cristina Carlson is Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Working closely with executive leadership, Ms. Carlson is responsible for the strategy and execution of internal and external communications to the company’s key stakeholders. She directs the corporate communications platform across the HHC portfolio, ensuring effective brand alignment, targeted media promotion, and corporate reputation management.
In her previous role as Director of Public Relations and Media for Ennead Architects, Ms. Carlson led communications and media efforts for the acclaimed architecture studio on projects including The Standard Hotel, Yale University Art Gallery, New York City Center, National History Museum of Utah, and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University.
Ms. Carlson is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Brown University. She has over fifteen years of experience developing communication platforms, including strategic messaging, media relations, and executive leadership, as well as first-hand experience as a corporate media spokesperson, on-camera host, and television producer. Ms. Carlson began her career on stage as a dancer with the Radio City Rockettes and as a performer in over 25 musical theater productions; she is a proud member of the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares.
Adam Meister is Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Meister currently manages various aspects of the strategic repositioning and development of the Seaport District in New York City and oversees redevelopment of the 650-acre former American Cyanamid property in West Windsor/Princeton Junction, New Jersey.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Meister founded Meister Investments and was Senior Vice President of Related Companies and its mixed-use division, Related Urban, where he gained broad expertise in real estate development, finance and asset management for over ten years. He has in-depth experience in negotiating and structuring complex financings, restructurings, joint ventures, property acquisitions and dispositions spanning retail, office, residential, hotel and entertainment properties. While at Related, Mr. Meister led and participated in projects, aggregating over $2.8 billion in development costs and six million square feet, including CityPlace in West Palm Beach and New York’s Time Warner Center, both recipients of numerous industry awards for the successful transformation of blighted areas into thriving mixed-use neighborhoods.
Before joining Related, Mr. Meister was a Senior Associate with HR&A, a real estate and financial advisory firm, where he performed financial, market analysis and project management on economic and real estate development projects.
Mr. Meister holds an A.B. with honors in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He also co-chairs the Urban Land Institute’s New York Mixed-Use Council and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
John Fedeli is Senior Vice President of Design and Construction Management for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He oversees the design and construction of numerous projects for the revitalization of the Seaport District in New York City.
Mr. Fedeli has over 25 years of experience in New York City high-rise construction. His work includes mixed-use and commercial projects such as 731 Lexington Ave, the Somerset Corporate Center, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residence Downtown and the complete renovation of the Park Central Hotel. Additionally, Mr. Fedeli has worked on high-rise residential projects such as the Avalon Chrystie Place’s 1 and 2, 180 Montague Street as well as the conversion of the former Hoboken tea warehouse into residential apartments. In New York, Mr. Fedeli directed the delivery of two major sporting venues: Barclays Center, the highly-anticipated 19,000-seat NBA arena in Brooklyn; and Citifield, the 45,000-seat Major League Baseball venue in Queens.
Bill is responsible for overseeing the design and construction activities of all vertical and horizontal projects for The Howard Hughes Corporation in the Columbia, Maryland region. Bill is a 30+ year veteran of real estate development and construction, managing over 10 million square feet of new and re-development construction (retail, land development, and commercial) valued at over $1.5 billion. Prior to joining HHC in April of 2015, he was Vice President of Construction for Vornado Realty Trust. He has also held senior construction positions with Petrie Ross Ventures, WCI Communities and The Rouse Company.
Bill has a B.A. degree from Western Maryland College, a M.A. from Hood College, and a M.A.S. in Management from Johns Hopkins University. Bill lives in Eldersburg, MD with his wife of 30+ years, Linda, and has two grown children, both accountants living in Washington D.C.
Karen Cherry is the Vice President of Office Leasing for The Howard Hughes Corporation. She oversees the leasing activity in the office portfolio, consisting of over 1.5 million square feet of existing space in addition to new construction projects. Karen has nearly 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, focused primarily on Landlord representation in the Baltimore/Washington Corridor. Prior to joining Howard Hughes, she was a Principal at Lee and Associates Chesapeake Region, overseeing the office leasing team. She has also previously held positions with Cushman and Wakefield and the Trammell Crow Company.
In 2017, Karen was named to The Daily Record’s list of the Top 100 Women in Maryland. This list recognizes outstanding achievements by women demonstrated through professional accomplishments, community leadership and mentoring. She has been named as a CoStar Power Broker seven times in her career, including the last two years that she was eligible (2014 and 2015).
Karen is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Howard County and currently serves as a Class Representative. She is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Leadership U and has functioned as a mentor for the program for two years. She is Vice President of the Board of Directors for Camp Attaway and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and Blossoms of Hope. She is also an active member of the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board, NAIOP (the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Karen is a graduate of Elizabethtown College where she majored in Business Administration with a double concentration in Marketing and Management. She lives in Howard County with her husband Stephen and their three daughters.
Ruth Hoang is Vice President of Development at the Columbia, MD office of The Howard Hughes Corporation. She leads the multifamily (conventional, active adult, for-sale condominium, senior housing), hotel and mixed-use redevelopment of the corporation’s 400-acre land holding in the central core of Columbia, which HHC is redeveloping as a vital Downtown in which residents can live, shop, work, entertain, exercise, and enjoy cultural opportunities in an enriched natural setting.
Ms. Hoang is a seasoned real estate executive with 20 years of experience, specializing in the complete life-cycle development of multifamily communities from site selection to project completion having been involved in the pre-development of approximately 5,000 units valued at over $1.5 billion in the mid-Atlantic region. She previously worked in development for Home Properties, JPI Development and the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, and in real estate consulting at Ernst and Young and RCLCo. She is a member of ULI, MBIA, CREW Suburban Maryland and serves on the Board of the Downtown Columbia Partnership and on the Board of Bridges to Housing Stability, a non-profit that works to prevent and reduce homelessness in Howard County, MD. Ms. Hoang lives in Clarksville, Maryland with her husband Giang and daughter Joules.
Arianne Monroe is Senior Assistant General Counsel of The Howard Hughes Corporation in Columbia. Ms. Monroe provides legal guidance for HHC’s Mid-Atlantic portfolio with a focus on the development efforts and property operations in revitalizing and creating an urban, mixed-use Downtown in Columbia, Maryland. Ms. Monroe has over 25 years of experience as in-house counsel for national real estate companies and universities. She has expertise in contracts, strategic planning and development, leasing, property operations and asset management, zoning and regulatory issues, land sales and acquisitions. Most recently, Ms. Monroe assisted in securing approvals and financings for the largest phase of Downtown's development: 35 acres of new high-density office, multi-family residential, retail and public amenities.
Ms. Monroe spent much of her career as in-house counsel for The Rouse Company, responsible for development in the master planned community of Columbia, including three Village Centers with supermarket anchors, 50 and 60 Columbia Corporate Centers, Gateway Office Park, Columbia Crossing Retail Center, and the 14-screen AMC Theatre at The Mall in Columbia, and all legal operations of 50+ retail, office, and mixed-use operating properties in Columbia and Baltimore area, including Harborplace and The Gallery at Harborplace, The Village of Cross Keys, and Hunt Valley Office Park. She later became Senior Portfolio Counsel for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Before joining HHC in 2014, she negotiated and managed international agreements for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health with USAID, CDC, The Gates Foundation, UNICEF, WHO, Save the Children, and other sponsors, and drafted MOUs with Foreign Ministries of Health.
Ms. Monroe holds a J.D. from Syracuse University and a B.A. from SUNY Albany. Ms. Monroe is a member of the Maryland Bar, a Fellow of the Bar Foundation of Howard County, has a Distinguished peer rating, is a member of Lawyers of Distinction, and received the Martindale-Hubbell 2018 Client Champion Award. She serves on the Community Foundation of Howard County – Grants and Scholarships Committees, and the Howard County Conservancy – Development Committee.
Brent Wise is the Portfolio Manager of Operating Assets for The Howard Hughes Corporation. Mr. Wise oversees portfolio-wide operations of over 1.7 million square feet of office and retail in Downtown Columbia.
Mr. Wise has over twenty-five years of property management experience and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Brent was most recently an Associate Vice President at Cushman and Wakefield where he was responsible for a multi-state office and industrial portfolio of 827,000 square feet. He led an in-house team of property managers, maintenance personnel and support staff committed to reducing costs, enhancing quality and implementing processes tailored to each property based on the specific financial goals and priorities of the clients.
Mr. Wise holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Mr. Wise is a member of the BOMA Baltimore Chapter and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has worked with several non-profit Boards such as the YMCA in California, Missouri and the State of Washington. Mr. Wise retired from the United States Army after twenty-three years of service. Mr. Wise lives in Clarksburg, Maryland with his wife Pamela and their two children.
Alex Sutton is Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary if The Howard Hughes Corporation. His responsibilities primarily focus on project development, commercial activities and the company’s hospitality interests. He joined The Woodlands in 1994.
Prior to joining The Woodlands, Mr. Sutton was a shareholder with Pate Engineers, where he managed a number of complex projects for municipal and private clients, focusing on water resources, transportation and land development matters. Earlier, he held a number of professional and technical positions of progressive responsibilities with Exxon. Mr. Sutton has authored a number of technical papers and articles and holds two patents for computer-aided management approaches to managing public works systems.
Mr. Sutton holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Rice University and a M.B.A. from the University of Houston. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Sutton’s civic and industry involvement includes service as Director and Treasurer, Interfaith of The Woodlands, Director of the Montgomery County Foundation, Director of The Woodlands Economic Development Partnership, Director and Former Chairman of Montgomery County Youth Services, Former Chairman of the North Houston Association, Former Director and Secretary, The Woodlands Township and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Tim Welbes is Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. Having spent most of his career in building family communities, Mr. Welbes joined The Woodlands Corporation (now known as The Woodlands Development Company) in 1985 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in the residential division. In his current role, Mr. Welbes is primarily responsible for residential development, including single family neighborhoods and multifamily projects.
Mr. Welbes graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Accounting. As a CPA he began his career with the public accounting firm of Ernst and Whinney. From 1977 to 1985 he worked for private and public company home builders.
Mr. Welbes is a member of professional associations as well as a number of local civic organizations and charities.
Peter Doyle is the Executive Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the execution of key development projects. Mr. Doyle has been directly involved in the planning and construction of over $5 billion of development. Mr. Doyle has a depth of experience in delivering projects of every size and type, which is unusual in the construction industry.
Combining his design, construction and development experience allows him to provide very valuable input to his projects. Mr. Doyle’s work includes the Biosphere Visitor’s Center in Arizona; a 16,000-seat arena in Miami, FL; renovation of the Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles; Terminal C at Bush Intercontinental Airport; and Horseshoe Casinos. Additionally, Mr. Doyle has a broad range of retail experience with a distinct competitive advantage in developing projects: Alameda Mall and Northwest Mall in Houston; Northcross Mall in Austin; Neiman Marcus; Kohl’s; Nordstrom Rack stores; and Horseshoe Casino’s in Bossier City and Tunica. Mr. Doyle directed the delivery of four major high-rise residential projects, which include Mosaic Towers in Houston; the 22-story Wood Development, Glass House project in Dallas; and the 44-story 360 projects in Austin, TX. Mr. Doyle’s career has included 26 years with Linbeck Construction and 10 years with JE Dunn, serving as the President and CEO for one of their divisions.
Mr. Doyle received his Master of Arts in Architecture from Rice University in1967 and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1987.
Mark Bulmash is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the Central and Southeast region, which includes projects in Alexandria, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Sacramento and Dallas. Mr. Bulmash is a 28-year veteran in retail and mixed-use real estate, who spent time at the Taubman Company, Related Companies and Forest City Enterprises. He is also a member of the inaugural class of ICSC's Certified Retail Property Executives (CRX).
Most recently, Mr. Bulmash led his own company advising owners, developers and municipalities on retail and mixed use projects. Prior to that, he was with Forest City as Senior Vice President Development leading commercial and mixed use developments managing a team of 47 people. Key projects included: The Promenade Bolingbrook; The Shops at Wiregrass; The Village at Gulfstream Park; and White Oaks Village. Mr. Bulmash was also with Taubman Properties, as Group Vice President. Key projects included The Shops at Willow Bend and The Mall at Wellington Green. He also directed major renovations and/or additions to regional shopping centers, including Briarwood, Lakeforest, Twelve Oaks, Stamford Town Center and Woodland. Mr. Bulmash was also Senior Vice President for Related Urban Development where he led efforts to develop The Palladium in Birmingham, MI. He began his career as an architect at Clarke and Caton in Trenton, NJ.
Mr. Bulmash earned his M.B.A from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.C.P., Physical Planning and Economic Development from The University of Pennsylvania. He earned his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
Jim McCaffrey is Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He spearheads development efforts in the Central region, which includes projects in Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas and Alexandria. Mr. McCaffrey brings over twenty years of mixed-use, office, retail and industrial real estate experience to the company.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2011, Mr. McCaffrey co-led all aspects of business for his family real estate holding and development company, McCaffrey3. There, his responsibilities ranged from development, construction management and raising capital to all aspects of business management and finance. Early on in his career, he was with Power Construction, one of the largest builders in the Chicago area.
Mr. McCaffrey holds an M.B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University where he earned Academic All-Big Ten Honors as a member of the 2x Conference Champion football team.
Jim Carman is Vice President of MPC Commercial Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He joined the company in August 2012, overseeing vertical development on projects located within The Woodlands and Bridgeland, both master planned communities in the Houston area. Mr. Carman was responsible for leading multiple teams in the development of the first phase of Hughes Landing, Houston's premier mixed-use urban center on Lake Woodlands, taking the 66-acre project from conception to completion within three years.
Prior to The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Carman worked on the mixed-use project Tivoli Village at Queensridge as well as all development projects located within the 70-acre Hughes Center, a mixed-use master planned property in Las Vegas. Previously, Mr. Carman served as Project Manager for the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a $500 million resort complex consisting of seven restaurants, 365 keys, 85 luxury condominiums, and a golf course designed by Greg Norman. Before moving overseas to manage the Ritz-Carlton project, he worked with The Haskell Company, a design-build contractor based in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Carman was part of the joint-venture team that constructed the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, a $370 million performance complex in the heart of downtown Miami, hosting the Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet, as well as other special events.
Mr. Carman received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as Master of Engineering in Construction from Texas A&M University.
Heath Melton joined The Woodlands Development Company, a division of The Howard Hughes Corporation, in 2015 as Vice President of Master Planned Communities, Residential. He oversees the residential development of the award-winning master planned communities of the greater Houston region comprised of The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills.
Throughout his tenure at The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Melton has implemented strategic action plans within communities to enhance development. Most recently, he oversaw the early development of the company’s newest community, The Woodlands Hills, working with builders, planners and engineers to deliver a premier quality community.
Mr. Melton’s real estate career began with KB Home Houston where he held numerous positions including Land Development Project Manager, Sr. Budget Analyst, Sales and Marketing Manager, and Design Center Manager. From there on, Mr. Melton joined Sueba USA as a Development Manager overseeing the single-family residential business and assisting the multi-family business. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Land Development at Taylor Morrison Austin, serving as General Manager of the new master planned community, Travisso.
Mr. Melton joined The Howard Hughes Corporation with a diverse and impressive background. He is a graduate of West Point USMA, having served in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer for five years. During his time in service, Mr. Melton was part of the leading force for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His notable military awards and decorations include a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device and Air Assault Qualification to name a few.
Kim Phillips is Vice President of Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing strategic marketing and brand communications for The Woodlands, Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills master-planned communities.
Ms. Phillips has over 25 years of strategic marketing experience in the real estate, sports and entertainment industries. Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, she managed marketing efforts for Cushman and Wakefield and The Redstone Companies. Ms. Philips also served as Vice President of Marketing for the Houston Texans of the National Football League where she played an instrumental role in the team’s launch, which was lauded as the most successful in professional sports. She started her career in the NFL overseeing advertising and promotions for the Philadelphia Eagles, and also enjoyed time in minor league hockey and collegiate athletics.
Ms. Phillips serves on The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau’s marketing advisory committee and has served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Advertising Federation and the Zina Garrison Academy. She has also been on the advisory board for the National Association of Women MBAs Houston Chapter and the Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee for the Greater Houston YMCA. She is a graduate of Jacksonville University having earned a B.S. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management.
Lona Shipp is the Director of Residential Marketing for Bridgeland, one of The Howard Hughes Corporation’s acclaimed master planned communities in the greater Houston area. Ms. Shipp has lead the marketing charge for the 11,400-acre community since it opened in 2006, with over 13 years of experience in residential real estate marketing.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, she was Marketing Manager at Morrison Homes where she was responsible for leading all marketing efforts for the homebuilder including the grand opening of all new model homes, realtor relations, advertising and public relations.
Ms. Shipp earned a B.S. in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Florida. She is an active member of Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Home Builders.
Peggy Chandler is Senior Vice President, Land Sales for The Howard Hughes Corporation. In this capacity, she has overseen the sale of all land parcels in the Summerlin Master Planned Community since its inception more than 25 years ago; this includes both finished lots and parcel sales to Summerlin's new home builders for single- and multi-family homes and land sales for non-residential uses, including public and private school sites, worship sites, hotels and other commercial uses. Chandler also oversees Summerlin's custom homesite sales operations as well as marketing and realtor relations.
Ms. Chandler began her career at The Howard Hughes Corporation in 1981 and has held a variety of positions within the company. Prior to joining the Summerlin division, Chandler held the position of Manager, Real Estate Sales for Howard Hughes Realty, Inc. In this capacity, she was involved in the disposition of vacant land that was not intended to be developed by the company. These numerous holdings included a variety of commercial and residential parcels that were located throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
David Kautz is Senior Vice President, Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing all vertical development in the western U.S., including Cottonwood, Park West, Downtown Summerlin and The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.
Mr. Kautz has over 30 years of commercial development experience in the western region of the country. Prior to his role with The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Kautz was Regional Vice President at Westfield Corporation, overseeing development in the Pacific Northwest.
Mr. Kautz attended undergraduate studies at Clarion State and Executive Management at Henley Management College in the United Kingdom.
Tom Warden is Senior Vice President of Community and Government Relations for Summerlin, a 22,500-acre master planned community developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation in Southern Nevada. In his role, he manages media relations as well as government affairs at the local, state and federal levels. Mr. Warden maintains and nurtures The Howard Hughes Corporation’s relationships with non-profit community organizations, resident and business groups, and professional trade organizations.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Warden served for three years as Director of Public Communications for Clark County. He was previously a reporter and news anchor with KLAS-TV, Channel 8 in Las Vegas, earning an Emmy Award for investigative journalism while at the CBS affiliate.
Mr. Warden currently serves on numerous boards of directors and works with many non-profit community organizations overseeing environmental, conservation and educational missions.
Danielle Bisterfeldt is Vice President of Marketing for Summerlin, a 22,500-acre master planned community (MPC) developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation in Southern Nevada. She manages all of the marketing functions of the MPC and Downtown Summerlin, the community’s acclaimed 400-acre urban core with fashion, dining, sports and entertainment outlets. Ms. Bisterfeldt develops and executes integrated, strategic marketing and public relations programs focused around commercial and residential functions.
Ms. Bisterfeldt joined The Howard Hughes Corporation in 2012 to lead the marketing department for Summerlin. Her professional career includes positions with The Rouse Company in specialty leasing and General Growth Properties as Associate General Manager for Fashion Show mall, the largest retail destination on the Las Vegas Strip. There, she independently managed the center’s entertainment department, which included all advertising revenue, special events and the specialty leasing program. She also served as Marketing Manager for Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo where she oversaw the entertainment team and a multi-million-dollar budget that encompassed local and national marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives.
Active in the homebuilding industry as well as in the community, Ms. Bisterfeldt is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Las Vegas. She serves on the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association marketing committee and has volunteered for the Business Council with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce for the past five years. She recently concluded a two-year appointment to the City of Las Vegas Economic Steering Committee, a group providing a vision for the direction of economic growth for the city over the next ten years. In 2016, she was appointed to the Community Advisory Board for the College of Medicine for Roseman University of Health Sciences. Most recently, she was inducted as a Board of Trustee for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Bisterfeldt received the Silver Award for Marketing Director of the Year in 2015 and in 2016 from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), and was awarded Marketing Director of the Year in 2016 by the Southern Nevada chapter. She was one of Vegas Inc.’s 2015 "40 Under 40" honorees and was named by the Las Vegas Business Press as one of 2015’s "Women Who Mean Business."
Ms. Bisterfeldt is a graduate of UCLA and holds a B.S. in Political Science.
Julie Cleaver is Vice President of Planning and Design for Summerlin, the 22,500-acre award winning master planned community in the Las Vegas Valley. With over 32 years of experience in land development, Ms. Cleaver works closely with architects, planners, engineers, brand consultants, and municipal partners to direct all current and long-term planning efforts for Summerlin, including entitlements and the development and design processes. She is committed to innovative and sustainable planning solutions and promotes smart growth strategies for the community.
Prior to joining the Summerlin division of The Howard Hughes Corporation, Ms. Cleaver was a Senior Project Manager for The Rouse Company and General Growth Properties in Maryland. She also served as the Land Planning Principle for HNTB/LDR International in Maryland, Land Development Manager for McStain Enterprises, Inc. in Colorado and Vice President of David Jensen Associates, Inc. in Colorado.
Active in the community, Ms. Cleaver served on the Healthy Communities Committee for the Southern Nevada Strong regional planning initiative as well as the Regional Transportation Commission’s Transportation Investment Business Plan Committee. She is a current member of RTC’s On Board Committee and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP, as well as a member of its Executive and Government Affairs Committee. Ms. Cleaver has been a featured speaker on programs presented by the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, NAIOP and the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Cleaver holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.
Race Randle is Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation, responsible for directing planning and development at Ward Village, a globally-recognized master planned community located along the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Randle oversees up to 9.3 million square feet of new residential, retail, dining and entertainment venues, as well as the revitalization of Oahu’s historic Kewalo Harbor. Under Mr. Randle’s leadership, Ward Village has transformed into a vibrant, award-winning destination which Architectural Digest named as the “Best Planned Community in the U.S.”
Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Mr. Randle previously managed development of master planned communities for Forest City and Castle and Cooke Homes in Hawaii. He holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. Mr. Randle serves as a board member for multiple organizations including the YMCA Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, Hawaii’s Technology Development Corporation, The Hawaii Architectural Foundation, and is on the management committee of the Hawaii chapter of the Urban Land Institute.
Bonnie Wedemeyer is Senior Vice President, Sales of The Howard Hughes Corporation. At Ward Village, Bonnie leads the residential sales team in Hawaii and Asia for the master planned community.
She is a local expert in development sales, with a demonstrated history of success in the industry in Hawaii for over 18 years. Bonnie has managed more than 1.7 billion dollars in sales throughout several projects in Honolulu, and prior to that was a top salesperson on the Kohala Coast in the luxury segment. Bonnie is results oriented and focused as a leader for the entire development timeline, training sales teams from inception through execution and closing.
Bonnie Wedemeyer is from Hawaii, and holds a Bachelor's degree in History from UC Berkeley.
Todd Apo is Vice President of Community Development at The Howard Hughes Corporation, leading community and government relations for Ward Village, a 60-acre master planned community revitalizing Honolulu’s urban core. In addition to providing visionary leadership for the overall development of Ward Village, Mr. Apo oversees public relations, corporate citizenship and the company’s philanthropic efforts throughout Hawaiʻi.
Previously, Mr. Apo worked with the Walt Disney Corporation as Director of Public Affairs at Disney’s Aulani Resort, and as Vice President of Corporate Development Operations for Ko Olina Resort. He was a member of the Honolulu City Council for six years.
Mr. Apo is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Hawaiʻi, and a B.A. from Brown University in Computer Science and Economics. Mr. Apo currently serves on multiple non-profit boards dedicated to serving the local community, including Make-a-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, Bishop Museum and Child and Family Services.
Doug Johnstone is Vice President of Development at The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is responsible for implementing the mixed-use developments that comprise Ward Village, a 60-acre master planned community in the heart of Honolulu, and is closely involved with all aspects of entitlement, project management, construction, sales, and financing.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Doug managed value-add redevelopment efforts for the $3 billion commercial real estate portfolio of Kamehameha Schools-Bishop Estate. Before that, he served as Vice President of the Los Angeles-based boutique firm Cyburt Hall Partners, focused on opportunistic investments and developments with institutional joint venture partners.
Doug attended Stanford University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation and HomeAid Hawaii.
Bill Pisetsky is the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He is primarily responsible for the residential sales activity at Ward Village, the 60-acre coastal master planned community in the heart of Honolulu, where he has successfully broken sales records, capturing more than 50% of the directly competitive market share.
Mr. Pisetsky brings an extensive background in residential home building sales and marketing. For fifteen years, Mr. Pisetsky was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Shea Homes of Southern California – America’s largest privately held homebuilding company. There, he successfully integrated six homebuilding divisions across the country as well as Shea Design Studio, Shea Mortgage, Shea Escrow Services and Shea Properties into one national brand. He oversaw all aspects of sales and marketing across four counties, including up to 26 concurrently active subdivisions with more than 60 sales people, while serving as the state-wide corporate broker.
In the past, Mr. Pisetsky held similar positions with Lennar Urban and John Laing. He has been honored with numerous industry awards including Sales Manager of the Year and Marketing Director of the Year by the Building Industry Association (BIA). He is a frequent guest speaker at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) and National Association of Home Builder (NAHB) events. Mr. Pisetsky was also a guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine for their Member of the Institute of Residential Marketing (MIRM) for six years.
Bill Weeshoff is Vice President of Marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation, overseeing the marketing efforts for Ward Village in Honolulu, consisting of retail, residential and community marketing for the 60-acre master planned community. Mr. Weeshoff’s breadth of experience includes over 13 years of retail marketing, 16 years of residential and commercial development marketing, and 20 years of hospitality and destination marketing.
Prior to joining The Howard Hughes Corporation, Mr. Weeshoff served as Director of Strategic Planning for DDB Honolulu where he worked on brands such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts Hawaii, The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Ala Moana Center, Island of Lanai, International Market Place, Kamehameha Schools’ Our Kakaako mixed-use urban redevelopment project as well as Alexander and Baldwin’s Alakea Corporate Tower.
Mr. Weeshoff earned his B.A. in Communications with a Mass Media concentration from the University of California at Santa Barbara.